This week in The Singles Bar #36, Hi Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles features:
Three weeks after the single release of Say My Name, David Guetta, J Balvin and Bebe Rexha present the colourful and sexy music video that fits perfectly with the Latin-influenced sound of the track and features all three artists. Directed by Hannah Lux Davis, who worked with Guetta before on music videos for Don’t Leave me Alone and Hey Mama and directed music videos for artists like Ariana Grande, Halsey, Demi Lovato and Lil Wayne.
Over the past month, Say My Name was performed on both the LOS40 Music Awards in Spain and the NRJ Music Awards in France and has acquired 75 million streams (over 3 million in Australia) and 50 million views on the lyric video, while moving up the European airplay charts.
Set It Off are pleased to announce that they will release their brand new album Midnight on February 1 2019 through Caroline Australia & Fearless Records. The album was produced by Mike Green (Neck Deep, All Time Low, State Champs) with additional production by Brandon Paddock (Panic! At the Disco, Papa Roach, The Used, Daughtry).
The band has just shared the music video for the upbeat and effervescent new track Lonely Dance. The new video follows the previously released track Killer In The Mirror, sitting at 2 million views on Youtube. The new track serves as a preview to some of the band’s upcoming, most edgy and pop-driven anthems to date.
Carson elaborated further about the visual, saying, “It’s honestly my favorite music video of ours to date. As far as the concept, how can you get more isolated than space? It was an unbelievable experience to work on a set so intricate and beautiful as that spaceship and the team behind the camera were just amazing!”
The Prodigy have announced details of new single Timebomb Zone, the latest track to be lifted from their seventh straight number one album, No Tourists. The Prodigy now join just a few other UK acts to have landed seven number 1 albums, a short list including Paul McCartney and Elton John. No other electronic artists have achieved this.
Timebomb Zone finds The Prodigy digging deep into the late 80s east London pirate radio sound with a tune that takes us back to the very roots of the band. Fusing tension with euphoric uplift – and a slice of bad acid alchemy – Timebomb Zone is emblematic of The Prodigy doing what they (and only they) do best. In a rare opportunity the band have additionally released the separated musical elements of the single for the first time today, with fans able to download and put their own remix spin on this future Prodigy classic (details via https://TheProdigy.lnk.to/TZRMXPR).
HILLTOP HOODS have announced the release of their brand-new single LEAVE ME LONELY, and the special edition RESTRUNG LIVE music-doco out today. The band also announced that their much-anticipated forthcoming studio album THE GREAT EXPANSE will be released on Friday February 22, 2019.
Leave Me Lonely follows on from the ARIA nominated Gold single Clark Griswold (Feat. Adrian Eagle) which has amassed huge global streams and over a million YouTube hits already. Alongside the success of Clark Griswold, show stopping performance at this year’s Splendour In The Grass and a sold-out UK and European Tour including appearances at Reading and Leeds Festivals have marked Hilltop Hoods return to the world stage.
Suffa jokes that ‘Leave me Lonely’ is a song about the eternal struggle of being cornered by a close-talker. It’s a song that’s relatable to anyone that’s ever been outside. Or in a room with more than four people.’
GRAMMY® award-winning rock band SWITCHFOOT have released Voices as the second instant grat track / single available to fans who pre-order their highly anticipated new album, Native Tongue. SWITCHFOOT also released an accompanying music video for Voices.
“Some people like to have the TV or radio on as background noise. It helps them feel less alone. But I don’t need the talking heads or the static…there’s a constant hum of voices in my head…fighting to be heard, shaping my future thoughts and actions with their insistent murmur. If the goal is to find clarity, then this song speaks to the fact that clarity is not found in the noise, hustle or striving for it. No. Clarity is found in the silence, not the scream,” expressed Jon Foreman.
Signalling a return to warmer weather and relaxed backyard BBQ afternoons, acoustic folk-duo Busby Marou, have officially released their latest single, Sound Of Summer. It was also announced that Channel 7 will be helping spread those summer vibes, with the Sound Of Summer being selected by the TV network to promote the newly acquired Australian Cricket coverage. The TV sync can be viewed here.
Talking about the single, Thomas Busby stated, “This is a big tune and feels like it could be our biggest yet.” We’re always being told that we have a distinct sunshine sound, so it felt only natural as we were writing it, to let it become a summer anthem.”
Sound of Summer follows on from the duo’s wildly successful third studio album, Postcards From The Shell House. Released in February of last year, Postcards debuted at #1 on the ARIA chart, and since release has achieved more than 5 million streams across Spotify and Apple to date.
Tiny Ruins, originally conceived as the solo project of New Zealand singer-songwriter Hollie Fullbrook, are releasing their third album Olympic Girls on Friday 1st February 2019 via Milk! Records / Remote Control Records. After sharing the lead single of the same name, Tiny Ruins has now shared School of Design. It was recorded live, with the full band of Cass Basil on bass, Alex Freer on drums and Tom Healy on electric guitar in their hometown of Auckland. School of Design is an achingly haunting refrain, inspired by a moment of reflection on tour.
“The lyrics came from a real experience where I did find myself wandering around an empty design school in a foreign city while on tour. That’s where the imagery of the fresh white paint on the walls and the ‘archives’ comes from, as that’s what I saw there. I wrote the song maybe two years later. You draw from experiences to articulate other feelings, other thoughts…a cinematic image that you know well is used to give life to something else, another feeling altogether.
It’s a song about systems, about the confining nature of systems, and wanting to find a new way. It was written quickly, and I loved the guitar part from the get go, but I resisted its lyrics for a while – I felt it was too similar to another song of mine – “Me at the Museum, You in the Wintergardens” which is also about an institution, and about escaping from regimented regime. But in the end, I became happy with it.”
Me + You is the brand new single from Australian electronic duo SUPER CRUEL featuring Hazlett on vocals and mixed by Sam La More (Littlemore) of Pnau. The summer ready track is the first official single to come from the duo (comprised of Jesse Porsches & Tigerilla) since their 2017 single Sicklaced featuring CXLOE which has since amassed over 1.5 million streams.
Of the track, SUPER CRUEL say “This song started as a new friendship with Hazlett, which grew through our journey of creating this song – a defining moment for SUPER CRUEL. I look back and remember the feeling of listening to the original demo and thinking there was something special. Flash forward to now and I couldn’t be more excited to share this little piece of us all!”
And in turn, Hazlett says “This was a new process for me, but it’s what’s so good about the Australian music right now. Collaboration is what it’s all about. We broke each other out of our own musical bubbles. The fact that a chord strummer like me can create something with beat wizards like these guys is something really cool.”
Rodjar has made a name for himself performing to thousands of music-lovers at Good Life Festival. His previous releases include breakthrough debut single Ignition (feat. Jays) (added to Nova, the HIT Network, KIIS FM and Capital FM (UK) and Freakin Wasted. Latest track Bad was mixed by Grammy-winning engineer Ryan Shanahan (Zedd) and is an absolute banger.
New Zealand’s LEISURE return with their newest single Feeling Free and you Crafting a new groove and showcasing their unique sound with their new single Feeling Free is guaranteed to continue their upward spiral. Following the success of their previous releases, Leisure claims they’re unknown what genre specific they fit into, each band member brings their own strengths and influences that complement each other, ranging from: a little 70s funk, some 90s rap, R&B, and early 2000s dance.
In the midst of their fast selling 25-date ‘Dirt Cheap’ Australian and New Zealand tour, and following their latest track Following Fools, Northern Beaches duo Lime Cordiale are set to release their latest track Dirt Cheap.
“We wrote this song in between shows up in Byron Bay about being with someone completely out of your league and how you sell yourself to them. I can’t tell you who it’s about but I’m sure you’ve been in that situation yourself.” – Oliver Leimbach
She’s My You sounds like – The Neighbourhood, The 1975 and San Cisco. Gross is the latest drop from the Newcastle turned Sydney band and hovers somewhere between synth-pop and alternative RnB. Gross addresses the inherent link between wealth and solipsism and had us hooked with the fushion of tonal ingredients and melodic synths.
If you’re ever feeling a little self conscious – listen to this song! Canberra based singer-songwriter Marét’s new track Perfectly Imperfect is anthemic, joyful and irreverent, inspired by a strong reaction to being overwhelmed at the thought of being perfect. Marét’s debut single Vertigo was featured on Rage, debuted across Australia on KIIS FM and received critical acclaim in pop culture bibles including Women In Pop, who announced “a major new talent has arrived.”
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